The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area is a key location in the Creston Valley Bird Fest.

The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area is a key location in the Creston Valley Bird Fest.

Registration now open for Creston Valley Bird Fest presentations

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Mark your calendars for May 9-11, the second annual Creston Valley Bird Fest. The festival is a celebration of the agriculture, the art and the birds of the Creston Valley. With over 300 species of resident and migrating birds, we have reason to celebrate.

The festival will feature 10 birding tours with biologists and naturalists from Castlegar, Nelson, South Slocan, Cranbrook, Victoria, West Creston, Sandpoint, Idaho, and Libby, Mont. Seven presentations are scheduled, featuring eagles, bats, raptors and a photography workshop by well-known West Kootenay photographer Jim Lawrence. Some of the nine valley events include canoe trips, a display of hummingbirds at dusk, a tour of the College of the Rockies greenhouses, an art studio tour, a children’s event at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, and a medicinal plant tour.

Keynote speaker Dave Quinn, CBC’s “outdoor adventure guy,” will show some of the exotic birds he has photographed in his wilderness adventures in Saturday night’s “A Wildlife Biologist’s Love Affair with Birds”.

It’s going to be a wild weekend of birds and bird friends. For a schedule of events, visit www.crestonvalleybirds.ca. Registration is now open online or at the College of the Rockies.

—CRESTON VALLEY BIRD FEST